Monday 30 September 2019

BLOG TOUR ~ In The Absence of Miracles by Michael J Malone

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the final day for the Blog Tour for In The Absence of Miracles by Michael J. Malone where I have a review from his latest novel. I was thrilled to be asked by Anne Cater from Random Things Tours who organised this tour in conjunction with Orenda Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else has taken part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of this review so without further ado, here it is:

Meet John Docherty, a school teacher who has just recently seen his mother taken into a nursing home following a massive stroke and according to the doctors she is unlikely to be able to live independently again. He has no other option but to sell the family home to fund her care. 

John returns to his family home in order to start packing everything up in the house in order to put the house on the market and when he's sorting through his family's past he's forced to revisit his childhood, when he stumbles upon a box in the attic he finds an undeniable truth that he had a brother who disappeared when he was only a toddler himself. A brother no one ever mentioned and a brother that he knew absolutely nothing about. This discovery sets John on a path from which he may never recover from the family secret that turns his world upside down the deeper he digs.

Well, where do I start with this review other than even though it upset and broke me, I LOVED it. It was such a dark, harrowing, tense and shocking psychological thriller, I couldn't turn the pages quick enough. At times, it was quite tough to read with some of the revelations that I had to put it down for a little while as I could feel my anger bubbling to the surface knowing that there can be people like this walking amongst us. It deals with some tough subject matter which was handled so well and written perfectly. I don't want to say anymore incase I may say something by accident apart from that I've been an emotional wreck after I'd turned the last page last night.

This story had it all from family, betrayal, deceit, secrets, lies, protectiveness to more sensitive and hard-hitting issues which were handled quite sensitive and I found that I had tears in my eyes at the end along with shedding a few along the way, so grab this book, curl up on the couch with plenty of chocolate and tea and prepare to have a few lump in your throat moments, I did!

In The absence of Miracles is available in all good bookstores, libraries, on audio and on kindle where it is currently £3.99 at the time of publication of this review.

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